Here is how I feel. Yes the job market is not good, yes the wages can be considerably low and stagnant, yes the educational system didn’t do a good job in preparing people to do more than a 30k job. But if you’re making 30k, that’s probably what your skill sets are worth. If you can do something others can’t, you get more. And you can always hustle to move up if you’re smart and have the drive.
My friend when I first move here. Worked as a server here. Got 28k a month. She moved up to manager. Got 45k a month. She saved up and now is part owner to new restaurant and makes much more. She was good at her job and saw she can do something with it.
Other friend I worked with was a PR and taught in the am like me. Now he’s the general manager of a big new club here making a huge amount.
Another example, the guy came from Canada. Was a teacher part time and dj part time. Honestly awful DJ. But he made connections for him. He’s pretty much a alcoholic and loves beer and craft beer. Decided to open a brewery and open 2 bars. One of the bars failed but he still owns a brewery and has a bar.
Even me who didn’t finish college. I was raking in 60k and probably could have made double from being able to coach basketball and boxing/muay Thai and fitness. 1500 a hour. I barely worked that much during the day. Actually I was with a place that paid me 250hr. I said fuck that and started to build my own clients and stuff and kept all the profits and worked with my friend who owns a gym to come in and do classes. All from investing my time going to Thailand to learn and take fights. Every job I did I went out and met people and got jobs from people I know or referred me to. Like many of my friends I mentioned above. We all know each other. Went out of our way to meet people who can help us and help each other.
Problem is, people think they just will be fine with their degrees and don’t take risks like save up and open their own restaurant and learns all about the restaurant business. Locals don’t learn English or another language that can help them, sure some might have an advantage by being able to move overseas. But don’t act like there aren’t programs and ways to learn it. Sure school taught them mostly useless info and not how to be an entrepreneur. But the info is there for those that have the ambition. I mean do you really think a buxiban English teacher is worth 60k+ here. There aren’t other people who are lining up to do the same job? What skills and risks are people really making to make a huge amount here?